1950s Picnics and Parties Dress

I swooned when I saw this dress over at ButchWax Vintage – it’s divine! It would be perfect for weddings, parties and picnics – every occasion, but such a tiny waist!












I knew I needed to make my own (modest) version if I was to ever sleep at night. So, here goes….

1950s Gingham Dress

I used the Billie Jean Pattern, from Blue Ginger Doll – and drafted my own collar to suit.

The Billie Jean pattern comes together really easily, and i’m fairly sure i’d use it again as the base for other dresses. The size 16 ended up being the best size for me at a 39.5″ bust (it’s meant to have zero ease, but I found that too tight for this style).

I can’t wait to wear this dancing! (and excuse the headless photos, it’s way too early in the morning).

More details, as always, on the blog

• Meet the Author • Bex

A vintage obsessed, rockabilly femme living in Sydney, Australia. I hoard vintage knitting and sewing patterns, and shoes. So many shoes. My favourite era is the late 1930s- early 1940s.

7 comments… add one

  • Lovely dress! I really like the little pleat at the front – very nice!

  • How fun! That model’s hair is quite inspirational.

  • LOVE IT! The loobster boobster is just the best!

  • Your version is sweet and pretty.

  • Great job! Your lobster detail is divine!

  • Gorgeous!! Loving your work x

  • This dress is lovely! I adore gingham too!


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